vToolbelt – August 2022
- A few security advisories have been released recently for VMware products. If you operate any of these please take a few moments to review the information to see if it is applicable to your environment:
- Workspace ONE Access, Access Connector, Identity Manager (including vRealize Automation) – VMSA-2022-0021
- vCenter Server – VMSA-2022-0018
- vSphere ESXi – VMSA-2022-0020
- Sphere 6.5 and 6.7 are heading into End of General Support in just a few months – October 15th, 2022. If your environment is still running these versions – now is the time to plan your upgrade. Check out this Upgrade Planning Guide to help you get started.
August 29 – September 1, 2022
In-Person at the Moscone Center
San Francisco, California
Same event – new name! VMworld has become VMware Explore!
There are a variety of ways to pay for a pass. You can use PSO Credits (24 credits per pass). These can be purchased via OARnet. You can also pay with a credit card and there are 2 early bird discount periods. Please refer to the link below for details.
Check out the Content Catalog to start planning your sessions!
- July 19th – Breakout Session scheduling begins
Product Support Watch
The following products are nearing the End of General Support. You can find the full list on the VMware Lifecycle Product Matrix.
vSphere – vCenter and ESXi
- 6.5 – 10/15/22
- 6.7 – 10/15/22
- Tools 10.2.x – 12/14/22
- 6.5, 6.6, 6.7 – 10/15/22
- NSX-V (all versions) – General Support ended January 16, 2022 – Customers should migrate to NSX-T
Horizon View / Workspace ONE
- Dynamic Environment Manager 10/2006 – 8/11/22
- Dynamic Environment Manager 10/2009 – 10/15/22
- App Volumes 2.18 – 9/16/22
- App Volumes 4 2009 – 10/15/22
- App Volumes 4 2012 – 1/7/23
- Identity Manager 3.3.4 – 8/4/22
- Identity Manager 3.3.5 – 11/20/22
- Workspace ONE UEM Console 2102 – 10/14/22
- vRealize Operations Manager for Horizon 6.7 – 10/15/22
- HCX 4.2 – 8/5/22
- vRealize Automation 7.6 – 9/1/22
- vRealize Orchestrator 7.6 – 9/1/22
- vRealize Automation – 8/2, 8.3, 8.4, 8.5 8.6, 8.6.1 – 10/31/22
- vRealize Automation – 8.6.2 – 1/18/23
- vRealize Orchestrator – 8/2, 8.3, 8.4, 8.5 8.6 – 10/31/22
- vRealize Orchestrator – 8.6.1 – 11/19/22
- vRealize Orchestrator – 8.6.2 – 1/18/23
- vRealize Lifecycle Manager 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, 8.5, 8.6 – 10/31/22
- Log Insight 8.2, 8.3, 8.4 – 10/31/22
- Network Insight – 5.3, 6.0, 6.1 – 10/31/22
- vRealize Operations 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, 8.5 – 10/31/22
- vRealize Operations for Horizon 6.7 – 10/15/22
Notes from the Field
If you are upgrading to vSphere 7, don’t forget to upgrade your licenses in the VMware Customer Connect portal. If you haven’t done this in a while, you can review on the steps here.
PowerCLI 12.7 has been released. A few highlights of the changes:
- The VUM module has been ported to PowerShell 7 and now supports Linux and MacOS
- A number of improvements have been made to the NSX cmdlets
- Horizon module now supports Horizon 8.4
- vSAN module has been improved with new capabilities
VMware TAM Lab – This is a YouTube Channel with content created by TAMs for VMware Customers. There are videos that span a number of topics. There are two I wanted to highlight today:
- Moving vSphere Authentication from LDAP to LDAPS – If you are still using LDAP, you should update your configuration to LDAPS or considering changing to ADFS. This session will help you move to LDAPS
- vSphere 7 with ADFS Authentication – vSphere 7 provides the ability to join your vCenter to AD and stop using IWA or LDAPS
Understanding the VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Terminology – If you are trying to get a handle on how VMware can implement Kubernetes you might give this article a read.
Booting ESX hosts from SD-Cards
On 4/27/22, VMware published updated guidance on using SD Cards. The short version is “VMware will continue supporting USB/SD card as a boot device through the 8.0 product release, including the update releases. Both installs and upgrades will be supported on USB/SD cards. The change from the previous guidance is that SD/USB as a standalone device will now be supported on previously certified server platforms”. KB 85685 has the full details. Migrating away from SD cards is still recommended.
- A TAM Customer webinar in December 2021 covered this extensively. If you were unable to attend the webinar live, you can watch the recording.
- A VMware engineer has written a blog article on how to move from booting ESX from SD-Cards to using locally attached SSDs.
- KB 83376 – discusses the issues that can arise when the SD card boot device has exhausted its write capability. This KB also describes a work around VMware has developed to allow low endurance SD Cards to work with vSphere 7 Update 2 and later. It involves a manual one-time config change which moves certain highly accessed files to a RAM Disk. vSphere 7.0 U3 automated this process.
- While this should help with vSphere 7.x, VMware guidance for future versions of vSphere is to move to higher performance/endurance boot devices in a future budget or your next hardware refresh plan.